1919 - 2013
Janet Anne Still Buchanan was born in Claresholm, Alberta,
Canada on October 27, 1919 to the parents of James Still and
Mary Gallaher. She grew up in Milton Freewater. Janet’s family
farmed on Dry Creek. She attended the University of Oregon
and graduated from Oregon State College in 1942 with BS in
Home Economics Nutrition. In WWII, she was a Technician
5th Grade in the Women’s Army Corps stationed with the Coast
Artillery AA Unit protecting Washington DC. Janet then worked
as a writer for the Oregonian newspaper in Portland Oregon.
Janet fell in love and married Martin Huber Buchanan on
June 8, 1946. Their life together included 55 years of marriage
while, loving, raising four children, farming, traveling, engaging
in community support organizations and gathering an evergrowing
circle of friends for life. Love of her life, Martin,
passed on Dec 6, 2001. Gramma Janet enjoyed the adoring
chaos of 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and "too
many to count" people who knew her as their surrogate mother,
grandmother and mentor.
Janet was a gracious, kind woman, who cared about her
community and devoted most of her life helping others. She
looked for potential in everyone who crossed her path. Janet
invested herself in the enrichment of community organizations
like the YWCA, Sunshine Club, PEO, Carnegie Art Center,
and First Presbyterian Church who work to help individuals,
particularly young women, reach their potential.
She was wise and witty, interested and interesting,
committed to family and community, and a joy to be around.
She had an inner sense of character that served her in leadership
Janet had a way of making friends feel like family. She had
a gentle smile, infectious laugh, and clever sense of humor. Janet
led by example, and served as a role model for family, friends,
She is survived by her daughter Patty Burnet of Moro
Oregon, sons Craig and wife Karen, Robert and wife Jane,
Jim and wife Sally, all of Walla Walla, and Janet's sister Agnes
Goodman of Richland, Washington. Preceding Janet in death
were her husband and brothers, Alistair Still of Springfi eld,
Oregon and James Still of Milton Freewater.
Memorial services will be conducted at the First
Presbyterian Church in Walla Walla April 27th at 2:30. Memorial
contributions can be made directly to the Walla Walla YWCA
or through Herring Grosclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St,
WW, WA 99362.